Changes to Rugby's Local Plan to be discussed at public hearings - The Rugby Observer

Changes to Rugby's Local Plan to be discussed at public hearings

Andy Morris 4th Jan, 2018   0

THE FUTURE of Rugby’s housing will be thrown open to discussion later this month.

Changes to Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) proposed Local Plan can be suggested at a series of public hearings which begin on Tuesday January 23.

In a letter to interested parties, planning inspector Mike Hayden announced the first stage of the hearings, which will take the form of round-table discussions focusing on legal and procedural compliance and key strategic matters.

RBC growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The examination in public is an important process that determines whether or not the council’s plan for growth meets all of the legal tests.




“I am pleased that this independent and objective process is now well underway.”

The plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated over the next 13 years, and identifies the required supporting infrastructure.


It allocates sites for 12,400 homes, 110 hectares of employment land and more than 8,000 square meters of retail space up until 2031.

The accompanying infrastructure delivery plan identifies additional facilities at St Cross Hospital, primary and secondary schools, doctors surgeries and highway improvements – all at the request of statutory consultees such as the NHS and Warwickshire County Council.

Only individuals, groups or organisations who have made representations seeking changes to the plan will have the opportunity to take part in the hearings, provided they contact the programme officer to register their interest. However, anyone may attend the sessions to observe, subject to available space.

The hearings will take place at the Benn Hall from January 23 to February 1.

The Local Plan is due to be adopted by RBC in the spring, subject to approval by the Planning Inspectorate.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan for more information, including a copy of the inspector’s correspondence, guidance notes, a draft timetable, and supporting documents.

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